EDUCATION

Online Learning

Andalo Explores Historic NASA Firsts

Andalo was excited to watch the launch of Space X Dragon and Falcon 9 rockets on May 30, 2020. The crew is Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, both veterans of flight with the Air Force and Marine Corps, respectively. They were successful in this historic flight launching from American soil for the first time since 2011. Let’s highlight another historic first when NASA astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison flew on the Shuttle Endeavor for Mission STS-47 in September of 1992.

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It’s Not So Black and White: Discussing Race and Racism

Scholastic Article – Discussing racial issues can make children uncomfortable. Here, educator and scholar Dr. Beverly Tatum shares her wisdom on teaching about slavery and race-related issues.

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TalkING About Race

National Museum of African American History & Culture – Talking about race, although hard, is necessary. We are here to provide tools and guidance to empower your journey and inspire conversation.

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Architectural Scavenger Hunt

Talk a walk and learn about the structural details along the way. This scavenger hunt challenges young architects to find features in their own neighborhood.

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The Bathtub Bottle Rocket

Bubbles from the reaction in the bottle will make the bottle move around the tub. Have children talk about solids, liquids, and gases. This can easily be repeated a number of times for fun. Try varying the amounts of baking soda and vinegar to see what changes. Be sure to record your results and share with us!

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Owls…Whooo Are They?

Living things all need food, water, shelter, and a suitable place to live. In this short preschool lesson, we will discuss the letters B, O and P. Key vocabulary terms include: Bird, Owl, Prey, and Predator. The end of the lesson includes an Owl Song with movements that follow the lyrics.

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Coffee Filter Craft

Coffee filters can be used in many crafts with a few supplies and imagination. Washable marker ink spreads well across the filter when spritzed with water and creates fun designs.  Be sure to have a surface that can tolerate water and marker ink. The instructions are for jellyfish and planets—what can you create?  Tag us in your photos!

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My Backyard and Beyond

Nature and our environment take center stage. Start your tour inside our model house and play games, study our environmental impact and dig deeper into recycled building materials. More games, videos, crafts, lessons and story time await as you make your way through the backyard towards the beyond. Follow the red arrows to navigate the tour. Click all the icons to reveal the great variety of activities. There are a lot of things to see and do, take your time, come back often.

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Make Your Own Dyed Pasta

Turning pasta into a variety of colors is fun and simple, but a bit stinky! When dried, the noodles can be used in art projects, sensory bins, or for counting and sorting. Store them in airtight containers to keep for another day.

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Be Your Own Weather Person – Make a Rain Gauge

Explore how to measure rain in this fun hands-on weather activity.

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Be Your Own Weather Person – Make a Barometer

Explore the weather with this great exercise that shows steps on how to make your own barometer to measure pressure changes.

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360 Tour of Dr. Forces

Explore Dr. Force’s Traveling Energy Extravaganza. Be shocked and amazed by some of the most basic laws of science in 360 degrees. Is it magic or science? You be the judge. (You may take the tour via your device or use in VR googles!)

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Birth of Planet Earth

Birth of Planet Earth tells the twisted tale of our planet’s origins.  Scientist believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to a billion planets roughly the size of Earth. How did Earth become a living planet despite our solar system’s violent beginning?  What does its history tell us about the chance of finding other worlds that are truly Earth-like? Take in this special, visually advanced show on your own computer.  Just a reminder that there will be some anti-piracy notice scrolling during parts of the show.  Hopefully that won’t diminish your enjoyment of the presentation. 

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Celebrate Earth Day with a “Color Walk!”

Gather those that are at home with you, grab a notebook and pencil and don your walking shoes. Decide on a color that you’ll notice as you walk through the neighborhood and note everything you see of that color on your walk. While you’re walking, you might observe some spots that need help with trash pick up or other beautification efforts. Discuss how your family can help Earth by doing a small part.

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Clouds & Becoming a Citizen Scientist

One of the most important things any scientist can do is to make observations about his or her surroundings. Keeping observation data allows scientists to make certain theories and predictions about their environment. In this activity, you will learn about the fascinating world of clouds. With a little training, YOU can become a citizen scientist observing the sky and relating your findings to NASA and the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) network.

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Wacky Racers Lab

You may have had some fun playing with our Wacky Racers exhibit in Dr. Forces Travelling Energy Extravaganza. There are two different track setups in the exhibit. You can race your racer down either set of tracks. One set of tracks is lower than the other. How does that affect the speed of your racer? In this design lab, you will learn about potential energy and kinetic energy using a simulation app.

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Be sure to check out this video, "If These Walls Could Talk", portsvaafricanamericanheritage.com/online-learning/#video, which includes firsthand accounts from patrons of The Portsmouth Colored Community Library Museum's history. It's part of the Museum's online learning experience for you to enjoy from the comforts of your home, or anywhere virtually. #africanamericanheritage #historydivision #portsmouthcoloredcommunitylibrarymuseum #africanamercicanhistoricalsocietyofportsmouth #portsmouthschoolseducationaltelevision #distancelearning ... See MoreSee Less

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The Portsmouth Museums wish each of you a safe and enjoyable 4th of July weekend! 🇺🇸Morning. The municipal offices of the City of Portsmouth will be closed in observance of the July 4th Holiday on Friday, July 3rd. As a reminder, all City offices, libraries, museums, and recreation centers are currently closed to the public due to the impacts of COVID-19. ... See MoreSee Less

The Portsmouth Museums wish each of you a safe and enjoyable 4th of July weekend! 🇺🇸
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